Dec 24, 2012 5:30am PST
>> the u.n. envoy to syria holds talks with president bashar al- assad and hopes to find a solution to end the violence. hello. the other top stories from al jazeera -- another insider attack in afghanistan. the u.s. contractor is killed. plus -- india's prime minister appeals for calm after a second day of violent street protests. plus, bringing life to the desert. qatar brings ca hopes for those struggling to grow their own food. syria's president bashar al- assad says his government will do whatever it can to end the crisis in syria. his comments on state tv followed a meeting of the u.n. peace envoy to syria lakdar brahimi. he also says he is cooperating with lakdar brahimi, who is on a two-day visit. it coincides with a missile strike. scores of civilians killed in the attack. in the northern city of aleppo rebel fighters say they captured a military base. russia's foreign minister says he received guarantees from president assad he will not use chemical weapons against rebels. >> i met president assad and we exchanged views on the next steps that can be taken to move forward.
Dec 20, 2012 7:00pm PST
in syria. >> series begins the year in conflict and ends the year in war -- syria begins the year in conflict and ends the year in war. >> it is pitting the alaouite community against the mainly sunni dominated opposition. the human rights council said there has been a clear shift in the nature of the conflict with more fighters and civilians on both sides describing the civil war in ethnic or religious terms. three fighters are filtering into syria to join the rebels, and hezbollah and iraqi shia are supporting the government. the report says there are foreign fighters, some with links to extremist groups, and some anti-government forces are becoming radicalized. we have met foreign fighters in syria. some of the groups they operate with work independently of the free syrian army. gov some have made clear they do not recognize the syrian national council and want an islamic state in syria. >> fears are growing that the war may not end with president assad leaving power. the u.n. has said there is a possibility of reprisal killings and prolonged and violence that could last four y
Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm PST
half a million people have fled syria in more than two years of fighting. there was a quick visit to the capital by brahimi. we met with assad but the outcome of the meeting remains unclear. >> yet another attempt by syria's envoy to find way to end the war. brahimi met assad in damascus. it is not clear if he has a concrete plan but brahimi is trying to get an agreement on a transitional government. >> i've met president assad and we ex-changed views on the next steps to be taken to move forward. we also discussed the steps that i see can be taken to help the people come out of this crisis. >> any political solution that would save the regime is unacceptable. the political solution that is acceptable puts an end to killing of syrians. any solution that does not begin with assad stepping down is rejected and we will oppose it. >> he has no intention of stepping down. but he reportedly told brahimi that he would be willing to cooperate to find solution, but if you ask the opposition, they believe it is the assad government, which has been weakened, it is the assad government, which
Dec 16, 2012 5:30am PST
a program that can be put into practice. >> in syria, gun battles have been reported in a refugee camp in damascus, home to thousands of palestinian refugees. these pictures show some of the fighting. some palestinians short president assad. others have joint -- some palestinian support president assad. others have joined the opposition groups. the price of food in sudan has tripled in recent months. the country's labor union has warned the government that it should not increase the price of basic commodities like bread and sugar in next year's budget. we have a report from khartoum. >> sue data is facing one of its toughest economic crises. the-sudan is facing one of its worst economic -- the sudan is facing one of his toughest economic crises. >> there is a shortage and all of the important items are bought by u.s. dollars. >> the prices of meat, poultry, vegetables, and fruits are rising too. >> many people cannot come near the market because of prices. we come you are relying on god. >> my income is little. i struggle to make ends meet. we demand the government intervene to control